Giampaolo Pazzini had a sensational start to his Inter career and faces Juventus, the club he was meant to join. “We're going to Turin for the victory.”
The former Sampdoria striker had long been linked with a move to the Bianconeri, but instead opted for Leonardo's revolutionised Nerazzurri.
“I am very happy to have arrived at a club that is European and World champion. Having played three games with goals and earning penalties makes me very proud of how this Inter adventure has begun,” Pazzini told Sky Sport Italia.
“The big difference I found stepping into this locker room was the immense hunger for victory that these players and the Coach have, right from the games between ranks in training. You see these things and realise it's a truly big club that wants even greater success.
“Clearly it'll be a difficult match, but we are going to Turin for the victory. As for the Scudetto, it's not entirely up to us, because Milan are in front, but Inter will try to the very end.”
Diego Milito has been ruled out for a month, so Pazzini completes the attack with Samuel Eto'o and support from Wesley Sneijder.
“It's a shame for Milito, who is having a bad year in terms of injuries, but nobody can doubt his class,” continued ‘Il Pazzo.'
“Anything I could say about Eto'o would be futile, as he is beyond words. It is wonderful to play with Sneijder as a trequartista. A great side that wants to win has to have competition within the squad and alternatives, considering during a campaign anything can happen.”
Pazzini played the first half of Wednesday's 1-1 international friendly draw between Italy and Germany, meeting up with many of the Juventus players who'll be his opponents tomorrow.
“I joked around with Alessandro Matri, but I know many Juve players like Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Gigi Buffon, Alberto Aquilani and Marco Storari. There were quite a few jokey comments, as is only right in these situations.”
Pazzini also worked with his former Fiorentina Coach Cesare Prandelli in the Italy squad.
“Something has changed. During my time in Florence there were some great strikers, I didn't play too well when I had the chance and other choices were made. I found the Coach to be different in the Nazionale setting, as perhaps it's another approach from being at club level, so we got along much better.”